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Falling temperatures delay onset of spring

SPRING still seems far off with another cold front expected to bring temperatures below zero again, local weathermen said yesterday.

Next Wednesday should see temperatures of minus 1 degree Celsius in the city and up to minus 5 degrees in the suburbs, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Officials said cold fronts were currently active, and, with the humidity caused by rain, it might feel even colder.

The clash of cold and warm air currents has led to frequent rain. The heaviest fall was recorded at 35.8 millimeters per hour in Songjiang District and rain should continue to Tuesday, the bureau said.

"The high atmospheric pressure should affect the city on Wednesday and the sky should be clear then," an official said.

The bureau issued two yellow lightning alerts yesterday, the lowest of the three-level system, but both had been lifted by evening.

The rain today should be as heavy as yesterday's and temperatures will range from 4 to 7 degrees.

The rain is expected to be lighter tomorrow, with temperatures just one degree lower.


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